Decadent, Rich Fragrances for the Colder months

If there is one thing that my husband knows will earn him browny points, its buying me a new perfume. I just love it. I think certain perfumes and scents can transport you straight back to a time or period of your life, and evoke all kinds of emotions. I have quite the collection of perfumes, and if you read my post on my favoured scents for the warmer months, (My go to Summer Fragrances ) then you will realise that I like to mix my perfume up, in line with the seasons. For me, scents for the warmer months tend to be fresh, lighter and with a summer vibe. My perfumes for Autumn and Winter tend to be richer, spicier, evoking memories of cosy nights in with family/friends or festive nights out. I thought I would share my top five with you xx

Tom Ford Black Orchid

I have worn this perfume for years, and its probably the scent most of my friends and family would associate with me. Whenever I spray this one on, it literally lifts my mood as it just makes me think of some fabulous nights out that we have had. I love these slightly masculine, heady scents for Autumn and Winter nights out, although its a little heavy for daytime. I cant foresee a time that this beauty wont be in my collection. Its me in a bottle! Reportedly, the ingredients in this perfume are amongst some of the most luxurious and expensive. Patchouli, vetiver, sandalwood and vanilla blend with black truffle, bergamot and lotus wood make this a heady, decadent fragrance. Beautiful, and definitely my number one.

Tom Ford Noir

Another offering from Tom Ford makes it into my top five. This scent is a little lighter than Black Orchid, but still more of a night out perfume, and its delicious! There is actually no other word that describes this scent other than delicious. Its warm and comforting, and again, been a staple for about 4 years. I personally prefer the “Extreme” version, but they also do the original, which is a little softer and lighter.

Jo Malone Orange Bitters – Limited Edition

If you haven’t tried this one, be kind to yourself and rectify this immediately. Get to a Jo Malone shop quickly. Its a scent that they only bring out this time of year, and its only offered until end of December usually. If you have ever smelt their scent Orange Blossom and wasn’t keen, do not let that put you off of this one. They are not alike at all. Im not a fan of Orange Blossom, but I have bought this one 3 years in a row now. It is amazing. Whenever I wear it brings me happy memories of this, my favourite time of year. Christmas festivities, days out in London, gorgeous meals in with family/friends. All are memories that this scent evokes in me and it makes me so happy. The usual Jo Malone cream and black label is cast aside in favour of this more Autumnal colouring for this limited edition beauty, and it has a gorgeous gold lid. Sweet and bitter orange combine with the woody, warming scents of sandalwood and amber to make this gorgeous scent perfect for day or night.

Balmain Extatic Eau De Parfum

My husband introduced me to this scent a couple of years back, and I absolutely love it. Its a scent with musky, smokey ingredients like cashmere, sandalwood and leather, all made more feminine by floral notes of jasmine, iris, chocolatey Sharry orchid, and rose. The overall effect is, as you would expect from the fashion house of Balmain and its aristo-rock ethos, is a modern, bold fragrance that dries down to a lingering provocative scent. Just gorgeous and I am on my second bottle,

Dolce and Gabbana The One

I love the sophisticated scent of this perfume. It makes me feel like a real grown up! Another purchase by my husband for me, he said he bought it as the description from the brand was that this perfume was  “for the woman who is defiant, liberated, strong-minded and spirited” Im sure I don’t know what he is talking about………….

Some of the ingredients combined to make this luxurious fragrance are bergamot and mandarin in the top notes, softening down to include hints of vanilla and jasmine. I love it, and it makes me feel like I should be wearing a blouse when I wear it for some reason! That could just be my peculiar mind though!


So, you beautiful people, these are my favourite scents for this time of year. Have you tried any of them? Do you have any favourites that you feel I should try? As always, I would love to hear. You know me, any excuse to go to shop……..


Tom Ford Beauty – Noir Extreme Eau De Parfum – Bergamot, Black Pepper & Nutmeg, 100ml • Tom Ford • £98
Tom Ford Black Orchid eau de parfum 100ml • Tom Ford • £115
Jo Malone London Orange Bitters cologne 100ml • Jo Malone • £94
Balmain Extatic Eau De Parfum 60ml • Balmain • £46



  1. Jean
    November 12, 2017 / 6:41 pm

    I have always wanted to try a Jo Malone perfume as I love the candles, after reading about orange bitters I am definitely going to give it a try. As Christmas is around the corner Tom Ford is going on my list. It’s great to read your comments on such lovely perfumes

    • kerrylifeandloves
      November 12, 2017 / 6:46 pm

      Ah thank you Jean, Im glad you found it useful! I think its a great idea to pop it on your christmas list, I hope Santa is listening! Thanks for reading x

  2. November 12, 2017 / 10:13 pm

    I would love to own a Tom Ford perfume! I might add this to my Christmas list as I’ve heard so many good things about the black orchid perfume xxx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      November 13, 2017 / 12:14 am

      Thanks for stopping by! Its a gorgeous perfume, and a little goes a long way, so it really lasts. The body lotion to the Black Orchid is beautiful, and quite reasonable too so I sometimes just get that if I run out. xx

  3. November 15, 2017 / 8:39 am

    I love Jo Malone! One of my fav beauty brands! This was a great post! Thanks so much for sharing!

    • kerrylifeandloves
      November 15, 2017 / 8:48 am

      Thank you for reading! I agree, I think and woman that finds a Jo Malone gift under the tree Christmas morning would be very happy x

  4. Katie
    November 15, 2017 / 8:49 am

    These sound awesome, except maybe the orange (I hate the color, smell, and taste lol)

    • kerrylifeandloves
      November 15, 2017 / 12:51 pm

      Hi Katie, thank you for stopping by! Ah ok, the orange bitters may not appeal to you then haha! They are all fab for this time of year x. Thanks for taking the time to comment x

  5. highstreetbeauty11
    November 15, 2017 / 10:23 am

    Loved the way you described these gorgeous scents xxx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      November 15, 2017 / 12:49 pm

      Oh thank you! Its quite difficult to describe a scent isnt it! Im glad you enjoyed x. Thank you for your comment xx

  6. November 15, 2017 / 11:18 am

    I am not a big perfume wearing but you now have me intrigued especially The One and the Orange Bitters.

    • kerrylifeandloves
      November 15, 2017 / 12:47 pm

      Ah I am glad I have interested you x. Is it because perfumes give you a headache? I often find for daytime, just wearing the body lotion to a perfume is softer, and more wearable for day. Thank you for reading x

  7. Samantha Kresz
    November 15, 2017 / 11:40 am

    Loved the way you describe these scents. I will be on the lookout for these!

    • kerrylifeandloves
      November 15, 2017 / 12:44 pm

      Ah thank you, its quite difficult to describe fragrance isnt it! Thank you for reading xxx

  8. November 15, 2017 / 7:30 pm

    I love D&G The One, hadn’t heqrd that description from the brand before, haha!
    I’ve not smelt any of the others but you describe them brilliantly. I know what you meant about a fragrance transporting you to a certain time or place, I have candles and perfumes that remind me of specific moments.

    • kerrylifeandloves
      November 15, 2017 / 9:48 pm

      Haha, I know, I wasnt sure quite what to make of that description! I love it when you smell a scent, and it makes you smile, or feel an emotion. It can be a surge of emotion cant it. Thanks for reading lovely xx

  9. November 15, 2017 / 9:07 pm

    As silly as it sounds, I never thought of making my perfume suit the seasons ! It’s a brilliant idea thanks, I’ll check your picks out 😊

    • kerrylifeandloves
      November 15, 2017 / 9:50 pm

      Ohhh, it may be just me then haha! Im like it with handags, perfumes, even cushions on my sofa! All get changed with the seasons lol (maybe I have issues) …….. 🙂

  10. A-
    November 15, 2017 / 11:25 pm

    I’m going to have to try Black Orchard! That sounds just divine. I love Elizabeth and James (Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen’s perfume) Nirvana Black. It’s also a really masculine woodsy type smell. It’s great!


    • kerrylifeandloves
      November 16, 2017 / 9:24 pm

      Oh they sound right up my street. I will try that one. Thank you for the suggestion. I appreciate you stopping by xx

  11. November 16, 2017 / 9:20 pm

    Oooh your perfume collection looks absolutely beautiful, lots of Tom Ford in there! Orange Bitters sounds like it would smell amazing, I’ve always loved perfumes with any hint of citrus in them and the packaging is gorgeous. xx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      November 16, 2017 / 9:25 pm

      Thank you! i am very lucky, my husband is generous lol. Orange Bitters is so gorgeous, I really recommend trying it xx

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